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A Poinsettia is not just for Christmas

02.12.2014 - by

Top tips for keeping that much loved Christmas plant alive. We've tested a plant sensor and mixed it up with some good old gardening knowledge...

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Stick with Marina for a cleaner look

16.04.2014 - by

If you really want to excel at interior design, take inspiration from Marina Senabre – keep it simple, and include lots of plants.

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Will you make the cut? 10 top garden tools

20.03.2014 - by

It’s a dangerous world, out there in the garden. As it’s owner you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place (hopefully not literally as such features don’t tend to make for a very attractive garden).

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Top 5 Weeds You Need to Fight

19.03.2014 - by

Just want a nice garden, not a war zone! Let’s be clear, gardening is a pleasure, but it is also time-consuming and we do have families, careers and social lives to focus on. Added to that, we have to fight a war. We have to fight weeds.

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The letter bee

13.03.2014 - by

When I was a child, we used to watch Sesame Street – each week was themed with a different letter. Well, this post is bee-themed.

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Water, water everywhere

19.02.2014 - by

How to garden in a changing climate. Or how to prevent water-logging in your garden.

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Flower origami - the paper view

03.02.2014 - by

If you are amongst 8 million people who watched the first season of the BBC’s Sherlock TV Series, you would have remembered the black lotus flower. Now you can make your own black lotus, although we went for a blue version.

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Brassicas in a bouquet

30.01.2014 - by

The variations of cabbages are truly endless. Here are two new varieties to be used as cut flowers. As found at IPM Essen 2014.

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Janua-RE-pot

24.01.2014 - by

Now that November has been remarketed Movember by men with moustaches, we’re pushing for January to be taken over by people who want their plants to be comfortable. Welcome to Janua-RE-pot!

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What’s up Lassie? Not feeling well?

23.01.2014 - by

Life as a dog can be ruff. It can be ruff-er if you’re surrounded by plants that could kill you. So it’s time to paws and check whether any of your plants are potentially poisonous to your pup – and if they are, to take the lead in doing something about it…

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Is my neighbour trying to kill my cat?

15.01.2014 - by

Is it your neighbour, your plants or a combination of both? Anyways, keep an eye on those beautiful plants around your house - they might kill your cat.

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Four ways to build a green office

14.01.2014 - by

It’s about time that drab, grey offices become a thing of the past. So here are four examples of extraordinary green office design.

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Help from your garden to fight off the ‘flu?

10.01.2014 - by

I never know how to feel about traditional medicine. On the one hand, it makes sense that if you knew a lot about the properties of different plants and herbs, you would be able to identify which ones would help to cure various ailments. On the other hand, I was once given a prescription by an African witch doctor to cure an ‘evil spirit’ in me by giving away a red chicken and some salt. Even the most tenuous scientific principles would struggle to explain that one.

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Footprints in winter - buy regional vegetables

09.01.2014 - by

In winter, I wear bigger boots to keep warm. Then the mud and snow sticks to them. Suddenly, when I look behind me, I’m not sure whether I’m looking at my own footprints or if I’m being trailed by the Abominable Snowman.

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Quiz: which dog is right for your garden?

03.01.2014 - by

Brits love dogs. There are 8.5 million dogs as pets in the UK, representing around 25% of households. We also love gardens. But these two loves are not always very compatible.

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Feed the birds, tuppence a bag

30.12.2013 - by

Over half of adults in the UK feed birds in their garden – and lots more have nest boxes for birds. But if you want to encourage bird life in your garden, then there are four questions you should ask: What should I feed them?

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Shared gardening - connect over carrots

28.12.2013 - by

For city dwellers, the thought of eating home-grown vegetables and enjoying a well-organised, tidy garden seem but a remote dream…

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The Pest of the Year: Algae

23.12.2013 - by

If we can only choose one pest that made the news this year in dramatic fashion, then it goes without saying that we’ll choose alge. During the summer, the largest ever recorded algal bloom turned the Yellow Sea in China green – over 11,000 square miles of algae was recorded, and more than 19,000 tonnes of growth had to be removed from beaches.

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Beat the blues, be green! Tips for hardy gardeners

12.12.2013 - by

The days are getting shorter and darker and the wet weather is setting in… it’s about this time of year that people start to feel SAD – seasonal affective disorder. That’s the winter blues to you and me.

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Top 5 veggies for the balcony

05.12.2013 - by

If you have a balcony, here are our tips for the top five vegetables to start your urban organic allotment.

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The miniature world of bonsai

04.12.2013 - by

There's something incredibly enchanting about bonsai trees. Perfect miniature replicas of giant trees we could never normally consider growing in our gardens, never mind keeping in our homes.

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The Top 5 easy to grow houseplants

03.12.2013 - by

We're not all born with green fingers, in fact some of us seem cursed when it comes to looking after houseplants.

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4 misconceptions about vegetables

27.11.2013 - by

There are some facts about vegetables that we were taught when we were children, so we just presume they are true, however, even the world of vegetables is full of myth and misconception...

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Brighten up your winter woollies

14.11.2013 - by

In this chilly weather it's great to get wrapped up warm, but winter clothes can often look a little drab. Not with this little tutorial...

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Brighten up your succulents with vintage cans

07.11.2013 - by

Succulents are great plants to grow. They don't need much watering, so they're perfect if you're the type of person who forgets to tend to their house plants, and they're good looking too.

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Things to do with autumn leaves

06.11.2013 - by

The beautiful red, orange and gold leaves of autumn look beautiful, but clearing them up is not much fun! Rather than simply throwing them away, save yourself a trip to the tip and recycle them!

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How to plant crocus bulbs

16.10.2013 - by

The crocus is one of the first plants to show its face in the new year. Usually white, purple or yellow , these small plants are a sure sign that spring is on the way.

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Grow your own Eggplant

08.10.2013 - by

Eggplant, or aubergines can be tricky to grow. Grown outdoors they're susceptible to pests and disease, so the easiest way to grow them is to grow them indoors .

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How to plant daffodil bulbs

07.10.2013 - by

“I wandered lonely as a cloud. That floats on high o'er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils”

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Grow your own Chili

01.10.2013 - by

If you love your food hot and spicy, why not grow your own chili peppers? Not only will you have a crop of delicious hot chilis for your cooking, but you'll also have a great looking plant.

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Time to plant tulips!

30.09.2013 - by

Tulips add a vibrant sophisticated look to any spring garden. Whatever your favourite colours, you'll be able to find a variety of tulip to match.

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Taking a closer look at bird nests

10.09.2013 - by

It's lovely to see the birds nesting in the garden, but we usually focus on the birds, watching the parents feeding the babies and waiting for the big day when they leave the nest and learn to fly, but we rarely pay much attention to the nests themselves.

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Easy Drip Irrigation

09.09.2013 - by

Are you forever in and out of the garden watering plants? At this time of year it can seem like a constant job trying to stop the plants from wilting.

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Growing a pineapple

02.09.2013 - by

If you want an interesting ongoing project then why not plant a pineapple! It's definitely going to require patience as it can take years for you to get fruit, but a pineapple makes an interesting and unusual house plant anyway, the fruit is just a bonus!

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Grow your own: Turnips

12.08.2013 - by

Mashed and served with your Sunday roast, or cut into cubes and added to a hearty stew, turnips are a delicious and nutritious root vegetable that grows fast.

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Grow your own: Chicory

05.08.2013 - by

For something a little different to add to your salads, chicory could be a good choice.

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The Basics of Border Design

30.07.2013 - by

Creating garden borders isn't hard, but it's much easier if you put a little thought into it first.

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Grow your own: Fennel

29.07.2013 - by

Fennel, with its' aniseed flavour is an interesting vegetable. You can eat the bulb and the leaves, perfect for adding some extra flavour to a salad or other dishes.

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Grow your own: Carrots

22.07.2013 - by

You can't beat the taste of home grown carrots. They're sweeter and more delicious than any you'll buy in the supermarket, and the good thing is that they're not difficult to grow.

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Hanging plants from Anne Harris

18.07.2013 - by

We do like these simple but effective plant holders created by Anne Harris. If you're short of shelf space you can easily add some of these to your walls or hang them from the ceiling.

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Grow your own avocado

15.07.2013 - by

Next time you eat an avocado, don't throw the stone away, instead use it to grow your own avocado plant!

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